Fort Delaware Society

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The Fort Delaware Society is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, chartered in 1950, and dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of historic Fort Delaware.

The Society's mission: To foster an awareness of the existence and significance of historic Fort Delaware and preserve its legacy.

Most remembered as a Civil War prison camp, Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island served as a guardian of the Delaware River from the War of 1812 through the early days of World War II. Our supporting members include descendants of United States soldiers from all periods, including both Union and Confederate soldiers, who were part of the legacy of historic Fort Delaware. A great many of our members have no family ties to Fort Delaware at all. Society members are all driven by a simple desire to preserve the legacy of this important piece of America’s history.

The Society operates the Fort Delaware Museum out on Pea Patch Island and the W. Emerson Wilson Research Library; publishes books and documents relating to Fort Delaware; administers the Fort Delaware Fund; and conducts Heritage Research for descendants of prisoners and garrison members.

All text and photographs presented on this website are the property of the Fort Delaware Society unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the Fort Delaware Society.

For further information, contact the Webmaster Hugh Simmons.